Dutch local property taxes vary widely in Netherlands

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Some households in the Netherlands enjoy a 9 percent cut in real estate tax rates while others have to pay 41 percent more taxes.

THE NETHERLANDS – The local real estate tax rates for 2009 has been found to vary widely across the Netherlands, reveals an annual survey.

The survey published on University of Groningen's Local Tax Atlas Monday shows tax rates varying from a 9 percent cut to a 41 percent increase.

The local real estate tax is based on a property valuation known as the WOZ value, which is periodically determined by local authorities. The increase in property value leads to a higher WOZ value and results in an unintended increase in local taxes.

In 2008, WOZ values rose by an average of 3.4 percent, and more than 40 local authorities introduced tax cuts to counter balance to counter balance the increase in local taxes.

This year, residents in 69 municipalities will enjoy reduced local taxes, including property tax and sewerage charges.

However, households will pay nearly three percent more in local taxes on average compared to 2008.

Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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